Pierre Bensusan | Wu Wei | Live @ The Silk Mill Recording Studio
An interesting array of mic choices.
Aside from the beautiful guitar sound and stellar performance, what's most interesting to me is the use of a capo and the excellent intonation this guitar has.
What mics do you see being used here?
looks to me like a spaced pair of 414uls, a u87 (in figure 8?), a km184, and I’m not sure what that rectangular mic near the SDC is.
Man, what a great sound eh.
Good call on the mics. That little rectangular mic, I've seen one like that somewhere, but no idea either.
It looks like a Sennheiser MD441. One of my recording buddies has one, and I have borrowed it from time to time. Excellent wide frequency-range dynamic mic, under-rated in my view.
The U87 and the pencil condenser (KM184 ?) are set up as an M-S.array, with the AKG414s as outriggers. I just wonder how many of the mic tracks made it into the mix, given the phase jumble that would be created by bringing them all in.
The beat-up Lowden guitar has a superbly uniform tone, and Bensusan's finger technique is staggering. I'm less impressed with his musicianship, as his extra fills and other show-off bits interrupt the natural flow of the piece. If this was just a demonstration recording, all is forgiven.
The Silk Mill is not that far from me. I've never done any work there, and I just might have to find an excuse to go along.
The rectangular mic is an sE Rupert Neve RNR 1 active ribbon.
Also. That Silk Mill Studio has toys that go beyond the normal toy selection. Way beyond.
Agree on the 441 being underrated. It’s a sweet snare mic, and great for vocals and amps too. It’s got the tightest pickup pattern of any mic I’ve ever used. Steep price tag, but one of the best dynamic mics ever made imho.